With only one week left until the start of the 2015 NFL season you are either playing the waiver wire or you are waiting to see who gets injured before you have a Labor Day Draft Party. Regardless, you are in a position to make some pivotal choices for your Fantasy Squad. Though the Quarterback position isn’t likely to be your first round selection, or second for that matter, you can definitely give yourself a distinct advantage with who you choose.
Let’s look at the options at QB and some good measures of where to select them.
There are some obvious top tier guys who everyone will be targeting in a Fantasy Football Draft. One of the keys is having a clear cut draft strategy going in and being disciplined enough to stick to it. That being said you have to be able to think clearly in the moment. Placing value on multiple players can really come in handy. You can’t just wait for one guy to fall to a specific spot. It never fails he will get taken right before you want him. Having more than one guy though, that will make it easier to stay on course. Three tiers are enough for the entire league of Quarterbacks. Typically you are in a league with 10-14 teams. So we reduce to the ridiculous.
Tier 1: These are your Fantasy Studs. Can’t miss with the exception of freak injuries. Don’t hesitate to grab one of them.
Andrew Luck, Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, Ben Roethlisberger, Russell Wilson and *Tom Brady.
These are all virtual lock guys to be QB1 and then some. We will see if Brady gets to play a full season or not but even if he slips to a later round he’s worth grabbing.
Tier 2: Any one of these guys could easily climb into Tier 1 this season. No guarantee though. It’s why they are Tier 2.
Tony Romo, Peyton Manning, Matthew Stafford, Eli Manning, Ryan Tannehill and Phillip Rivers. (I really wanted to include 3 more here but they are wild card Tier 2 players. Sam Bradford, Cam Newton and Colin Kaepernick. Based on past injuries, lack of WR’s and Franchise Overhauls they are on the outside looking in.)
Tier 3: Much like the category prior there are some potential breakout gems. We are still talking draft value here and many of them are available in later rounds. That doesn’t mean one of them won’t be the next fantasy star and huge value in keeper leagues.
Joe Flacco, Jay Cutler, Teddy Bridgewater, Blake Bortles, Derek Carr, Matt Ryan and Carson Palmer. Look for rookies Jameis Winston and Marcus Marriota to make the push here. Sorry Andy Dalton you got the Ginger Ninja treatment. No soup for you.
Anyone not on this list is really not worth drafting unless you are in a deep 2 QB league where value is way above it’s typical level. The best part about Fantasy Football is seeing who falls, who rises and who comes from nowhere to show us we are all speculating. These above players are all as reliable as the value you place on them. Take the time to see where they fit in your league’s scoring system and then stick to the plan!